Iced fairy cakes

Iced fairy cakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus cooling

Skill level



Makes 12

Teach 8-14 year olds how to make fairy cakes and guarantee a fun kitchen activity

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per cake



  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g very soft butter
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 200g very soft butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • food colouring, sprinkles, marshmallows etc

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  1. Ask a grown-up helper to turn the oven on to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put a paper case in each bun hole.
  2. Put the sugar and butter (it must be soft or you won’t be able to mix it properly) in a bowl and mix it together. Sift in the flour.
  3. Break the eggs into a separate bowl (spoon out any bits of shell that fall in) and add them to the bowl with the vanilla. Mix everything together.
  4. Divide between the cases using a spoon, scraping it off with a knife. Ask a grown-up helper to put the tray in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Mix the butter and icing sugar to make a creamy icing. Add colouring, if you like. Push an icing nozzle into an icing bag, then scoop in the icing.
  6. Let the cakes cool completely in the tray. Pipe icing onto each cake and decorate with marshmallows or sprinkles, or whatever you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2010

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amandayorke1970's picture

Just made these with my 7 and 4 year old. Delicious!! Easy and simple recipe. Would suggest to make a slightly smaller quantity of icing as we had lots left over.

jaytea's picture

extra icing is always good though :P

taskey's picture
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quick and easy to make, although the recipe for the icing is way too much for 12 cakes

suesim123's picture

excellent fun to make with grandaughter

mumof5nanof1's picture
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I made these with my 2 younger boys of 7 and 5, they took them to school for there classroom friends. They love to help make cakes, these are really easy to make, we decorated the tops with mini chocolate eggs for easter. Best of all they taste great.

mobilemacs's picture

I made these with my 9-year old Azeri student as a way of teaching her to speak English as we baked. It was alot of fun and she was really pleased with the result. Unfortunately we didnt have time to ice the cakes but she took them home uniced with a smile on her face! A success!